Behind the Curtain

The demands on the Air Force will not let up even after the US military’s drawdown in Afghanistan, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. “We are not going to get less busy,” he said during a talk on July...

KC-46A Critical Design Review Nears Completion

The Air Force and Boeing earlier this month conducted the critical design review for the KC-46A tanker at Boeing’s facility in Mukilteo, Wash., announced service officials on Thursday. The purpose of the review, held July 8-10, was to validate that...

Fiscal 2014 Force Management Programs Announced

The Air Force will continue offering some Active Duty enlisted personnel and officers opportunities for voluntary separation from the service in Fiscal 2014, announced service officials on Thursday. This will help the Air Force reduce the size of the force...

Air Force Adopts Mandatory Discharge for Sexual Assault

Under newly adopted policy, the Air Force will discharge any airman found to have committed a sexual assault, and senior commanders must review actions taken on these cases, announced service officials on Thursday. These requirements, which took effect on July...

Beware of Iran

The United States needs to pursue a stronger missile defense policy as the threat looms of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), House Armed Services Committee member, in a Capitol Hill speech on Thursday. “Iran is so...

Bringing Efforts Together in Jordan

The most recent iteration of Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan was the largest yet, but Air Forces Central Command also anticipates a steady expansion of smaller engagements between the United States and Jordan. The relationship between the US and Jordanian...

First B-52 Goes to Depot for Communications Upgrade

The first B-52 bomber scheduled to receive the Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade left Barksdale AFB, La., for Tinker AFB, Okla., home of the B-52 depot, according to Barksdale officials. The bomber departed Barksdale on July 16, states the base’s...

B-1 Pilot Reaches 5,000 Flying Hours

Lt. Col. Timothy Schepper of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., became the first B-1 pilot to achieve 5,000 flying hours in the bomber type, according to a base release. Schepper reached the milestone on July 15 during...

Band of the Pacific Bids Adieu to Elmendorf

The Air Force Band of the Pacific recently bid farewell to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, ending its 70-year legacy as the only band at the base, announced base officials. The band’s inactivation came as a result of an Air Force leadership...